Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/01/31

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Subject: Re: [Leica] The Future of the Film-Based Equipment Shop
From: Mark Kronquist <>
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2004 00:18:23 -0700

This is being written on a 1998 G3 Powerbook and the TV/Dish/DVD/Bose music
system in our bedroom is a flat screen (LCD) 20th anniversary Mac that works
great and will be there for years to come. I just donated 14 old Powerbooks
to students and teachers many more than 12 years old.

I am not sure about 2044 but there are more than a few 1986 Mac Pluses and
1987 Mac SEs and Mac IIs still logging on to our web sites...(whilst there
appear to be only a very few 486 PCs stilla ctive)  Mark

> Re: McIntosh--I was referring to the Binghamton, NY variant--a company that
> has continuously produced superb audio equipment for more than half a
> century.
> The shop I visited this morning had quite a variety of McIntosh equipment,
> including an M3-era MX110 pre-amplifier/tuner combination, and MC-240 stereo
> power amplifier.  All vacuum tube gear from that period, of course.  The
> more recent McIntosh pieces are either solid state or vacuum tube.  Also as
> with Leica, current production is top quality at a premium price.
> The name does imply some thrift: with McIntosh gear, you buy it once and
> enjoy it for decades, with only occasional routine maintenance.  Similarly,
> I had lunch the other day with a friend who bought her Leica M3 in 1959, and
> still uses it daily.
> Which begs the question: how many of the Macintosh computers of 2004 will be
> considered desirable, if indeed functional, in 2044?
> Jim Shulman
> Bryn Mawr, PA
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Jay Burleson
> Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2004 10:24 PM
> To:
> Subject: RE: [Leica] The Future of the Film-Based Equipment Shop
> Eric,
> McIntosh (spelled correctly, here ;-)) is arguably the finest in audio
> equipment & one of the two things the Scots do right.
> Jay Burleson
> "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the
> black flag, and begin slitting throats."
> H. L. Mencken
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric Welch
> Macintosh (spelled correctly, here) computers are hardly obsolete.
> There are 1,100 of them just like mine which make up the third fastest
> supercomputer in the world - for about 1/60th the cost of the two
> faster ones, and much less money than many of the significantly slower
> ones as well.
> Or were you talking about the fruit? I like those too!
> Eric Welch
> Carlsbad, CA
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